Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Work will shortly commence on building a toilet block at the Fairy Pools car park.

The work, which is due to begin next week, will necessitate the closure of the car park entrance for two to three weeks.

The car park itself will remain open and the exit will be used for cars to get in and out.

Minor delays are to be expected.


Multi award-winning band, Mànran, will play in Portree on New Year's Day.

The band will be heading to the Skye Gathering Hall on Wednesday 1 January as part of BBC Alba's Hogmanay Show, Cèilidh Na Bliadhn' Ùire, aired live on the channel this New Year.

2020 will mark ten years at the heart of the Scottish Traditional music scene for the folk supergroup. Having been in high demand as a live act across the world with shows in over 30 countries, Mànran are looking forward to playing to Portree audiences in January.

Mànran will celebrate their anniversary year with the unveiling of two new band members in the shape of Gaelic songstress, Kim Carnie, and guitar-maestro, Aidan Moodie. This exciting new line-up will be unveiled for the first time during their much-anticipated festive tour.

Joining Mànran for this unmissable night of music will be long-time friends of the band, Skerryvore.


Mànran's accordion player and founding member, Gary Innes, said: "We're really looking forward to playing Portree and to see fans old and new at the Skye Gathering Hall join us for a fantastic night of live music during the festive period. It's been an amazing couple of years for the band and we can't wait to celebrate our 10th year in style in 2020."

Catch Mànran at Skye Gathering Hall, Portree on Wednesday 1, January. Tickets:

Trading Standards are encouraging consumers to buy carefully on Black Friday.

The Trading Standards North of Scotland Safety Partnership is asking consumers to consider the following:

Local businesses are asked to pledge support for Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

The Young Carers organisation currently supports over 60 youngsters, from the ages of 5 to 18.

Lucy Cooke, Community Engagement Officer for Skye, Lochaber and Wester Ross under the Highland Aspiring Communities Project, funded by European Social Fund, told Skye Times Online: "I am asking all third, public and private sector organisations (where appropriate) to sign my pledge to promise ongoing support and an 'open door policy' to all Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

"The intention of the pledge is to spread awareness about these courageous young people and the wonderful organisation that supports them.

"I hope it will also offer them more choices and possibilities for their current and future lives by providing more opportunities for support, volunteering and eventual employment."

Currently, young carers upon reaching the age of 18 will be less able to benefit from the Young Carers organisation and, at the age of 19, the now-adult carers lose the support of the organisation.  Most of them will still remain carers, however - and the pledge is seen as a way of connecting the carers with potential employers and other methods of support.  

Lucy contined: "If your organisation would like to sign the pledge please respond with the line:

"{Name of Organisation and contact details} supports the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers

"I will create a list of support to be given to the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers which they will display in their premises so that all their members can see. Please use this as an opportunity to work with them if you don't already. For those that already do, please keep up the fantastic work!"

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency members are thought to pay an estimated £6.2 million more than the rest of the UK in delivery charges.

According to new research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), those living in the area – which also includes Dingwall, the Black Isle and the Great Glen – pay an estimated £6.2m more.

The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch figure makes up 16 per cent of the total cost to Scotland (£40.1m), and the figure for the entire Highlands and Islands is just over £28 million.  

Parents across the Highlands are being urged to complete an online consultation and share how Highland Council's reduction in additional support needs (ASN) staff is affecting pupils and classes.

Pupils who require support are suffering frustration, anxiety and stress following the reduction in ASN provision since last session, according to a survey conducted by EIS Highland Local Association, part of Scotland’s largest teacher union.

The key findings of this survey clearly demonstrate a negative impact on all pupils, on teaching and learning, and on teacher workload and well-being.


58% of respondents had witnessed an increase in low-level disruption and 27% reported an increase in incidents of violence and aggression.

Anyone in the Elgol area on Sunday 17 November would have seen a great deal of activity from the Coastguard!

The Skye Coastguard Rescue Teams were engaged in rope training, along with the Area Commander and Senior Operations Officer.

Area Commander, Murdo Macaulay, told Skye Times Online: "The aim of the day was to practice getting down to a casualty as safely and quickly as possible, administering rapid casualty care to stabilise the patient and then evacuating them to the clifftop for onward transfer to higher levels of care.

Police are investigating after a van was vandalised in Portree.

Two of the van windows were broken around 6pm on Friday 22 November.

A Sleat woman has been awarded the Young Gaelic Ambassador award at the 2019 Daily Record Gaelic Awards. 

Lucy Hannah, Manager at Fàs Mòr childcare centre, has been working at the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig-based centre for over three years.

Lucy’s mother, Claire Munro, was one of the founders of Fàs Mòr, which opened back in 2004 as a response to the lack of childcare services locally. 

The deadline for communities across Skye and Raasay to get their entries in for the Eilean a’ Cheò Civic Awards has been extended to Friday 20 December.

This is the ninth year of the Awards which are organised by the Ward 10 Highland Councillors to recognise people from all age groups and walks of life who have contributed to the success and well-being of their local communities.

The award categories are:

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